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Scholarships for Gay or Lesbian Students

Colleges, universities and organizations offer many academic, extracurricular and financial aid opportunities to LGBT-identified students and LGBT allies. While there are LGBTQ scholarships exclusively reserved for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex students, there are LGBTQ scholarships available to questioning LGBTQI students and allies. There are many scholarships for LGBTQ allies who are dedicated to the active promotion of equal rights and opportunities. Students who participate in LGBTQ-related activities and community projects can land significant college scholarships to help pay for school. Some LGBTQ scholarships give more than just money - scholarship providers may offer leadership training and mentoring program to further advocate and promote LGBTQ rights.

In order to financially assist the LGBT community, we offer a list of scholarships for LGBTQ students and allies. Below are a few scholarships for LGBTQ activists, LGBTQ and questioning students but don't forget to conduct a thorough, free scholarship search to land as much free college scholarship money you can.

Better Brothers LA Book Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/19/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Having tuition paid is challenge enough for any student, but not having all the right materials on the first day of class hinders many students from starting a successful educational journey. Better Brothers LA assists Black LGBTQ youth with avoiding this hindrance by offering book scholarships. The scholarships support youth who have been admitted to or are attending an accredited degree, [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues. Preference is given to LGBT students although all students are invited to apply. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with majors in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts who [...] More

eQuality Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $6,000
  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

First in the Family Humanist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/14/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Four (4) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District ONLY) seniors who will be the first in their immediate families to go to college. Preference will be given to students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented students and/or LGBTQ, or system-involved. A two to three paragraph essay must accompany the application (between [...] More

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/21/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who are (or have been) in [...] More

Point Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/28/2020
  • Amount: $13,600
  • A Point Scholarship is set up with the individual college to meet the needs of the Point Scholar. Applicants must have a proven track record of leadership and community involvement, strong academic achievement and be working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community. Students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral program. Must be at least a senior in high school be [...] More

Pride Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/12/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Pride Foundation offers more than 50 different scholarships though there is only one application to complete. Scholarships are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight-ally (straight and supportive of LGBT issues) students as well as students from LGBT families. Students must either be residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington (but may study [...] More

Queer Foundation High School Seniors English Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The purpose of the high school seniors English essay contest is to promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth. The theme of the competition is pink ink: "We write not only about different things; we also write differently". The contest is open only to students aged 18 and under who have not yet graduated from high school. You must affirm that you are not a high school graduate [...] More

The Walter M. Decker Point Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/29/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • To honor his legacy of academic and philanthropic excellence, Point Foundation has created the Walter M. Decker Scholarship to support one or more outstanding students annually. Applicants must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university in the U.S., and are at least in their senior year in high school. Students must also be "out" as a person who identifies as a [...] More

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Last Reviewed: October 2019

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